David_E David_E - 3 months ago 91
Android Question

How to change the new TabLayout indicator color and height

I was playing around with the new

android.support.design.widget.TabLayout
, and found a problem, in the class definition, there are no methods to change the indicator color, and default height.

Doing some research, found that the default indicator color is taken from the AppTheme. Specifically from here:

<item name="colorAccent">#FF4081</item>


Now, in my case, if I change the
colorAccent
, it will affect all the other views which uses this value as background color, for example ProgressBar

Now is there any way to change the indicatorColor to other thing besides the
colorAccent
?

Answer

Having the problem that the new TabLayout uses the indicator color from the value colorAccent, I decided to dig into the android.support.design.widget.TabLayout implementation, finding that there are no public methods to customize this. However I found this style specification of the TabLayout:

<style name="Base.Widget.Design.TabLayout" parent="android:Widget">
    <item name="tabMaxWidth">@dimen/tab_max_width</item>
    <item name="tabIndicatorColor">?attr/colorAccent</item>
    <item name="tabIndicatorHeight">2dp</item>
    <item name="tabPaddingStart">12dp</item>
    <item name="tabPaddingEnd">12dp</item>
    <item name="tabBackground">?attr/selectableItemBackground</item>
    <item name="tabTextAppearance">@style/TextAppearance.Design.Tab</item>
    <item name="tabSelectedTextColor">?android:textColorPrimary</item>
</style>

Having this style specification, now we can customize the TabLayout like this:

<android.support.design.widget.TabLayout
    xmlns:app="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res-auto"
    android:id="@id/pages_tabs"
    android:layout_width="match_parent"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    android:background="?attr/colorPrimary"
    android:minHeight="?attr/actionBarSize"
    android:theme="@style/ThemeOverlay.AppCompat.Dark.ActionBar"
    app:tabIndicatorColor="@android:color/white"
    app:tabIndicatorHeight="4dp"/>

And problem solved, both the tab indicator color and height can be changed from their default values.

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